SUSPECTED drug trafficking at a South Surrey residence has been quashed thanks to tips from the public.
Surrey RCMP began an investigation after being tipped off on a possible illegal cannabis store operating at a residence in the 16400-block of 24A Avenue. The Surrey RCMP Drug Unit executed a search warrant at the residence on April 23 and located evidence of alleged drug trafficking, including indications of illegal online cannabis sales.
As a result of the investigation, officers located and seized a number of items consistent with drug trafficking, including cocaine and MDMA. Police also located drug cutting agents, drug packaging and processing materials. Multiple cell phones were seized along with various packaged cannabis products, and $1,700 in cash.
A man and woman were arrested and later released pending further investigation. No charges have been laid at this time.
“This is a great example of Surrey residents helping to address the illicit drug trade in the community,” said acting Proactive Enforcement Officer, Staff-Sgt. Ryan Element on Monday. “Despite the legalization of cannabis, we will continue to enforce drug laws and target illegal drug activity in Surrey.”
Police said this is a good reminder to the public that it is not only illegal to sell cannabis from an unauthorized dealer, it is also illegal to purchase cannabis from an unauthorized dealer, regardless if the purchase is in-store or online. The products sold at illegal cannabis stores are not regulated and therefore may contain harmful additives. For more information on cannabis sale and consumption laws, visit https://cannabis.gov.bc.ca/.
If you suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood, contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.